The Town of Plainfield Town Council approved a letter of intent with Keller Huff Restaurant Group to move forward on a proposed plan to renovate and activate the Prewitt Theatre at Monday night’s Town Council Meeting. The historic Prewitt Theatre, located in the heart of Downtown Plainfield, was acquired by the Town of Plainfield in 2018. Since then, the Town restored the historic marquee and conducted a feasibility study on the building. After opening a Request for Proposal (RFP) process, Keller Huff Restaurant Group approached the Town to show interest in redeveloping the property.
“The Town of Plainfield is enthusiastic and eager to enter a partnership with Keller Huff Restaurant Group,” said Town Manager, Andrew Klinger. “Their development plan for the historic theatre aligns well with the Town’s Conceptual Downtown Redevelopment Plan. They are proposing a dining option and an event space for live entertainment, both strong desires from the community.”
The Prewitt Theatre opened in 1927 and would eventually be renamed the Village Theatre until it closed in 2005. The theatre has sat vacant since. Keller Huff Restaurant Group’s project proposal outlines the desire to bring an “upscale and unique but classic and casual” dining experience to Plainfield. Customers will be able to dine inside the old theatre, on the rooftop, or inside the old law office which will be transformed into the bar area. The theatre space will be renovated into a lounge and event space. The space is designed to accommodate weddings, comedy shows, concerts, live music, business meetings and movies.
“Our group is looking forward to enhancing the historic fabric of our great community,” said Doug Huff, co-owner of Keller Huff Restaurant Group. “We are committed to making this project an anchor in Town, and to create and maintain a quality dining experience second to none in the area. Patrick Keller and I have a proven track record as local developers and will develop this artistic event venue and upscale restaurant as a local and regional attraction for individuals and businesses.”
A project agreement between the Town of Plainfield and Keller Huff Restaurant Group will be developed over the next couple of months. Keller Huff Restaurant Group intends to begin renovations on the project immediately.
"We are confident our restaurant and event space will satisfy the growing need for locally sourced great food and quality, unique experiences in downtown Plainfield,” said Patrick Keller, co-owner of Keller Huff Restaurant Group. “With the exciting developments of the parking structure, The Barlow, the new Government Center, and a potential performing arts center, we are confident our project will complement the redevelopment of downtown Plainfield and be a go to experience for anyone.”